Prairie Advocate News

Carroll County Farm Bureau

It is time to start thinking summer and what is one of the first things we think of? Fresh fruits, veggies, and other homegrown foods. Well I know I do not have a green thumb to grow anything, however many of you certainly do. The Mount Carroll Farmer’s Market is always looking for new members to be a part of their event. If you would like more information on the Mt. Carroll Farmer’s Market or would like to sell your products at it, please contact Gordon and Mary Roach at . The Farmers Market is open on Saturdays from 8 a.m. until noon May thru October downtown Mt. Carroll.

Spring is also the time to start thinking of losing that winter covering. Most people begin to panic over the upcoming short and swimsuit season. Starting in April, Jenna Stebbins will be teaching Zumba classes in the Naaman Diehl Auditorium. What is Zumba? It fuses hypnotic Latin rhythms and easy-to-follow moves to create a one-of-a-kind fitness program that will blow you away. Classes will be offered at $5 per session on Monday and Wednesday evenings starting April 5. Class will be held from 5-6 p.m.

I have to say that the Women’s Committee and I are all very excited about the participation we received from all who took part in our Farmer’s Share promotion. Of the 50 bags that were assembled and sold for the “Farmer’s Share”, 37 were placed in the donation box and given to the Mount Carroll/Savanna Food Pantry. There were $10 worth of groceries in the bags which were being sold for only $1.90, the “Farmer’s Share”. All of the items in the bags had corn in them. A big thank you goes to the Illinois Corn Marketing Board for making this project possible with a grant we received from them. A big thank you also goes to all who bought the bags and donated them. Next week I will have the names of the winners of the Shaw’s gift cards.

We only have 18 tickets left for the July 2nd game between the Cubs and the Reds. It is very exciting to think that the MLB will be kicking off the “real” games in just a matter of days! In the mean time I have been getting my baseball fix by watching some high school ball.

Identity theft can happen to any age and economic group. Find out what you can do to protect your identity and what you need to do if you are a victim by attending a Carroll County Farm Bureau Quality of Life Action Team sponsored program on “Identity Theft: What to do to Protect Your Identity” on Wednesday, April 14 at 10 a.m. in the Naaman Diehl Auditorium at the Carroll County Farm Bureau. Evelyn Prasse, Consumer and Family Economics Educator with University of Illinois Extension will be the guest speaker. The program is at no charge to the public; however, registration is requested by calling the Farm Bureau office at by Friday, April 9.

The Farm Bureau office will be closing at 11:30 on Friday, April 2 for Good Friday. Ads must be in by 11 a.m. on Friday in order to be in next week’s paper. We hope everyone has a Happy Easter!

Community Forum

Farm Bureau Classifieds

Carroll County Farm Bureau members can place up to two (2) free classified ads per week, with a limit of 250 characters per ad (not including spaces). Ads are limited to personal or farm items for sale/wanted to buy, or farm labor or services available or wanted. No ads for the sale or rental of real estate, garage sales, or commercial businesses will be accepted. To place an ad, call the Farm Bureau office at (815) 244-3001 by noon Friday to get your ad in the following week's paper.

FS: 1999 Buick Park Avenue, nice condition, very clean. $3200.

FS: A few inside Hollowcore doors, bags of blow-in insulation, 1 sink bath vanity. Large container of molasses for farm animals. Make an offer on any or all of these items. Call in Mt. Carroll.

FS: Ranch King push mower w/21 inch cut, 4 hp motor. $65. Yard Machine mower w/35 inch cut & 42 inch snow blade included, $500. Excalibur weed eater, gas, 19 inch cut, $50. -Leave a message

FS: Bicycle 26 in. $35. -Leave a message

FS: 1994 F250 $3300. Payload package with towing hitch, extended cab, 220,000 miles. Runs well. Call (

FS: Heston stacker, Heston 5800 round baler, IH rake. Call evenings are best.

FS; 2001 Oldsmobile aurora 87,000miles, leather interior, one owner, excellent condition, 3.5 V6, $5,500 OBO.....

FS: 175 bushel gravity box, $400.

FS: Craftsman ½ inch radial arm drill press, $85.

FS: Ford Dearborn rigid shank cultivator 2 row 3 pt. Call after 5:30pm

FS: John Deere 290 corn planter fertilizer attachment with disk openers & insecticide attachment. Call after 5:30pm

FS: 2001 Dodge 1500 crew cab. Asking $3000.

FS: 1994 Ford Escort LX Station Wagon. 36,000 miles. Excellent condition. Asking $1895. Call

Beginning farmer with 5 years experience looking to rent crop ground for 2010 and/or 2011. Call

FS: Simplicity lawn tractor 44” mowing deck, 42” snowblower with chains and wheel weights, less than 60 hours on tractor, 22 hp, will sell with 5x8 single axle trailer. $4400.

FS: 1992 16ft Sylvan Pro Fisherman boat with 50 hp Evinrude outboard motor & 1992 easy loader trailer. $5000.

FS: Old ceramic electric kiln. Greenware & ceramic pieces.

FS: Corn stalk round bales and large round oat bales for feed or bedding.